Conflict and insecurity were the main drivers in 18 of the countries where about 74 million people are in need if urgent assistance. Ending world hunger is a challenge that effects us all.

  • Countries such as Yemen, Nigeria, The Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Myanmar were the most affected by conflict, political and social insecurity.
  • Compared to 2017, the World Food Programme report revealed an increase of 11 million people in the number of food insecure population across the world. Combination of conflict and severe drought in southern and eastern Africa caused consecutive poor harvests in these countries already facing a high level of food insecurity.
  • The worst food crises were in north eastern Nigeria, Somalia, Yemen and South Sudan where nearly 32 million people were food insecure and in need of immediate assistance.
  • Moving into 2018, conflict and insecurity will likely remain major drivers of food security crises.
  • Yemen will continue to be the largest food crisis in the world. Disease outbreak, economic collapse and war conflicts continue to drive food insecurity. Areas of Africa will continue to be in danger due to severe dry weather affecting crops and livestock production.

Solutions to combating hunger seems relatively simple and has worked in the past- get food to the people in need, when they need it. Humanitarian initiatives have answered the call for hunger time and time again, delivering food to the places in need, but this doesn’t necessarily mean there is now food security. A UNESCO study highlights that even basic education can make a huge difference

  • If all mothers in low income countries had primary education, 1.7 million children would be saved from growth stunting, and if they completed secondary school, 12.2 million children would be saved from growth stunting

To combat world hunger and malnutrition, other organizations such as USAID  and the WFP are trying a number of strategies to attack this problem. Through funding to colleges, researchers, both private and public sector across many disciplines challenges are already being tackled. The WFP funds innovation projects for entrepreneurs, students, visioneers to bring a philanthropic idea or product to life.

USAID has participated in delivering aid, tools and knowledge to many low income, food-insecure areas around the world. In Kenya, small, rural farmers who previously couldn’t compete with larger growers have accessed resources to boost their crop production and minimize the post harvest losses. In Zimbabwe, forward thinking men now collect water for the family instead of the woman. They have constructed hand washing stations, and are training the community in the importance of sanitation. In Sierra Leone women are beginning to learn to herd goat and sheep.

GLOBAL HUNGER STATISTICS

An estimated 821 million people were undernourished in 2017.

The majority of the world’s hungry people live in developing countries, where 12.9% of the population is undernourished.

Sub-Saharan Africa remains the region with the highest prevalence of hunger, with the rate increasing from 20.7% in 2014 to 23.2% in 2017.

In sub-Saharan Africa, the number of undernourished people increased from 195 million in 2014 to 237 million in 2017.

Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five – 3.1 million children each year.

149 million children under 5 years of age, 22% of the global under-5 population, were still chronically undernourished in 2018.

Agriculture is the single largest employer in the world, providing livelihoods for 40% of today’s global population. It is the largest source of income and jobs for poor rural households.

500 million small farms worldwide, most still rainfed, provide up to 80% of food consumed in a large part of the developing world.

Investing in smallholder women and men is an important way to increase food security and nutrition for the poorest, as well as food production for local and global markets.

Since the 1900s, some 75% of crop diversity has been lost from farmers’ fields. Better use of agricultural biodiversity can contribute to more nutritious diets, enhanced livelihoods for farming communities and more resilient and sustainable farming systems.

If women farmers had the same access to resources as men, the number of hungry in the world could be reduced by up to 150 million.

840 million people have no access to electricity worldwide – most of whom live in rural areas of the developing world. Energy poverty in many regions is a fundamental barrier to reducing hunger and ensuring that the world can produce enough food to meet future demand.

THE HUNGER CHALLENGE

At Prepr, our goal is to give you the framework, knowledge and skills to put your innovation into motion, and solve a big problem. Our PIE kit outlines the base for you to apply to create a product or service to make a difference.

Existing Innovations Aiming to Solve the Challenge

Global Challenge World Hunger

Food Consumption in Jordan

The WFP (World Food Program) and MIT came together to create miniature, digital, personal greenhouses that uses technology and robotic systems to control and grow plants inside. This is used in Jordan because only 10% of the land in the country is suitable for cultivation. The device is also much more efficient than traditional agriculture as it use 70% less water and a quarter of the space.

Global Challenge

Virtual Farmer Market

WFP innovations created an app called Maano, which is a virtual farmers market. It is an app based e commerce platform where buyers demand for crops and farmers surplus’ are advertised and traded. It provides a transparent, open and trustworthy space for small farm owners to buy, sell and negotiate fair prices. The app was launched in 2016 in Zambia.

Global Challenge No Hunger

Urban Agriculture

This initiative in the slums of Lima, Peru, equips vulnerable households with the knowledge and tools to grow nutritious food while establishing local, environmentally friendly business and commerce. Similar to the “food computers” in Jordan, the urban gardens use hydroponic cultivation to grow plants in places where it was previously near impossible. Similar to Jordan, Lima faces a lack of fertile land to engage in agriculture on. Leveraging dense infrastructure and turning unused areas into small, efficient farms has proved to be an effective approach to encouraging especially women to engage in basic commerce and trade. Currently over 200 women have started their own urban farming operations, boosting earnings and tackling hunger.

The initiative is currently in a structure set up to scale and create business opportunities for more women throughout the country. To ensure sustainability, certain people in the community were chosen as “hydroponic coaches” to ensure the skills needed branch further than the initial pilot location. This is known as “Train the trainer”. Projects like this, although are at the early stage, are highly scalable and can be recreated in other vulnerable communities around the world.

Global Challenge

Share the Meal

ShareTheMeal is an app developed in Germany that allows users to donate $.50 to “share their meal” with hungry children, and provide them with the nutrition they need for the day to stay healthy. Since 2015, they have provided over 11 million meals to children in Malawi and Syria, Beirut, Jordan and Lesotho.

Despite these little victories, we’re far from close to ending world hunger. Millions of people still struggle for food every day. Using our PIE lab and PIE book, we challenge you to innovate, and find solutions to help end world hunger.

Take The Challenge

Co-Learn the PIE method and build a team, choose a challenge that you’re passionate about and apply PIE to co-Solve and co-Create projects with impact. Build your portfolio and tap into your infinite learning potential.

Requirement

Prepr Challenge Kit

What You Will Get

– Receive a Prepr Certificate in problem solving with PIE
– Compete to win first, second and third place trophy and bragging rights
– Build your professional portfolio
– Win prizes, giveaways and more…

Deadline

May 1, 2019

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This challenges requires a team of four.

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Includes everything you need to work with a team to co-create ideas and build your project.

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1 Year

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